Fired Up Media is an award-winning social entrepreneurship project that has received recognition, funding, and acclaim from sources such as the International Youth Foundation, Nokia, Clif Bar, Focus the Nation, and Echoing Green.


November 19th, 2009 – Fired Up Media is among 20 youth-led projects to receive a 2009 grant award through the StarbucksTM Shared PlanetTM Youth Action Grants program. Fired Up Media’s initiative, Project Survival Media, was chosen through a competition established in early 2008 by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Starbucks in order to make grants available to young leaders who have completed IYF’s YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship. The Fellowship program seeks to develop a new generation of young socially conscious global citizens who create positive change in their communities, their countries, and the world. To learn more, visit:

goodJune 25, 2009Robert van Waarden, in partnership with Fired Up Media, is selected as one of ten exceptional finalists from 403 applicants in 26 countries, for Getty Images’ Inaugural Grants for Good, to photograph the youth climate movement.

August 18, 2008 – Fired Up Media Founder, Richard Graves, Receives the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet 2008 Global Fellowship, the most prestigious youth social entrepreneurship award in the world. The fellowship is open to all young people around the world aged 18-29.

project-slingshot-logo-smApril 22nd, 2008 - Fired Up Media wins Project Slingshot to Launch the Fired Up: Youth Action TV (Now Fired Up: Youth Report) in partnership with LinkTV’s EarthFocus. The Judges panel included: Judith Helfand, the producer/director of Blue Vinyl and Everything’s Cool, Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, Billy Parish, founder of Energy Action, Denis Hayes, the founder of Earth Day, and Adam Gardner of Guster. Project Slingshot is a partnership by Clif Mojo & Focus the Nation.

echoing-green-2008-semifinalistJan 14th, 2008, Fired Up Media is selected as a semi-finalist by Echoing Green, one of the most prestigious social entrepreneurship fellowship programs.  Out of a record-setting pool of nearly 1,500 applications, Fired Up Media was selected to advance to the next phase of the application process. Every application was reviewed by one of the teams made up of dozens of Echoing Green staff, alumni, and social change experts.

I find this proposal to be highly compelling in terms of its vision and the way it merges new media and youth activism around global warming. If the author can pull it off, it has the potential to have a sustainable impact on building awareness and action on this critical issue.” – Echoing Green Reviewer

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